ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS: Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

by MaryAlice Brislin, MD (’21)
Reviewed by Christine Barron, MD

“These risk factors all center around sensitive aspects of a patient’s history, and require both a high level of suspicion as well as strong provider/patient rapport. Taking the time to perform an adolescent interview during any medical encounter with these patients can help reveal these risk factors that should then promote further investigation. “

Health Equity March Supporting Black Lives Matter

On June 14th, the Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA), Brown Sexual and Gender Minority Alliance (BSGMA), and Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) organized a march from Rhode Island Hospital to the steps of the state capitol building. Residents Doc Aswad (’22) and Erin Baroni (’21) delivered powerful speeches highlighting the inequity and bias …

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THIS IS BANANAS!

by Melissa Rodriguez, MD (’21)

“Hypokalemia is the presence of a serum potassium concentration less than 3.5 mEq/L, but it isn’t considered life threatening until around less than 2.5 mEq/L. In pediatrics the most common cause of hypokalemia is GI losses such as diarrhea and vomiting. Other reasons include urinary losses (diuretic use, DKA), inadequate potassium intake (eating disorders), and intracellular shifts of potassium (metabolic alkalosis, beta adrenergic agonist use, hyperthyroidism).”

BREATHING EASY

by Adam Kronish, MD (’22)

“Next time I get overwhelmed by the med rec of a complex care patient and their sick plan, I’ll take a moment, take a deep breath, and remember that however frustrating it may be for me to find the Sick plan documented in EPIC, these families have an exponentially more demanding time taking care of these children to prevent them from coming into the hospital.”